Arrive Sao Luis De Maranhao
On arrival at Sao Luis airport, you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Get your bearings and check out the hotel facilities. You are free to explore the city at your leisure as the rest of the day has been kept free for you to take things at your own pace.
Lencois Maranhenses Lagoa Azul
After breakfast and a good night's rest you set off for Barreirinhas. It's about a four hour journey broken up with a stop in Morros where you can buy refreshments. After checking in to your hotel, there's no time to waste and the 4 x 4 vehicle collects you, bound for Lencois Maranhenses and the Lagoa Azul Circuit. The park is vast with hundreds of lagoons, and thousands of sand dunes - an amazing sight. Take advantage of the cooling waters as you swim in one of the lagoons. Later in the afternoon you return to Berreirinhas where you have the rest of the evening to yourself.
Rio Preguicas, Dunes And Beach
An early start today as you have an 8am transfer via speedboat on the Rio Preguicas. Highlights of the journey include a stop at Vassouras where you can walk through the dunes and see the local wildlife that inhabits the mangroves. Climb the lighthouse at Madacaru, a fishing village. At the top you have wonderful 360 degree vistas over the local area. The trip continues to Cabure beach, where you can buy lunch at a local restaurant, then walk it off along the beach. Afterwards you return to Barreirinhas for the evening.
After breakfast you depart for Parnaiba. First passing through an area of natural beauty and more small lagoons, this area is known as the Pequenos (small) Lencois. You should arrive in Parnaiba around noon. There's time to grab a bite to eat before your transfer to Porto dos Tatus. A speedboat is waiting to whisk you to the delta known as Feijao Bravo, or Angry Bean. The trip will also take in Igarapes dos Periquitos, Igarape dos Poldros, Baia do Feijao, Ilha das Canarias and Morro Branco, before returning you to your hotel. You can spend the evening exploring the historic city centre at your leisure.
Dunes And Jericoacoara Sunset
Today's destination is Jericoacoara, but first you have more time to enjoy the stunning dune and lagoon scenery. Travelling by 4 x 4 and ferry you can admire the white sand and palm trees of the Ilha do Amor, the beach at Tatajuba, Funil dune and Lago do Torta with a stop for lunch. Another ferry ride takes you through mangroves and you arrive in Jericoacoara in time to climb Por do Sol dune for a superb view of the sunset. Take your pick of the many restaurants for dinner before getting a good night's sleep at your beach-side hotel, Essenza.
Jericoacoara National Park
Following breakfast you set off, this time in a dune buggy, for an exciting ride to two of the most popular sites in the area, Blue Lagoon and Paradise Lagoon. The names alone are enchanting. The deep blue-turquoise waters of the former contrast with the pale sand. Nearby Paradise Lagoon extends for some 15 km, and offers opportunities for sailing and windsurfing, with no motorised water-sports allowed. Your trip includes time for lunch and a stop at Pedra Furada, a huge stone arch formed by the corrosive forces of the sea and wind over the centuries. You return to the hotel and the rest of the day is free.
Drive To Fortaleza
Today you head southeast along the coast to the city of Fortaleza, a drive of around 4 hours, and Hotel Gran Marquise, where you spend the night. With nothing planned for the afternoon you are free to relax at the hotel. Facilities include an outdoor pool and sunbathing deck, a state of the art spa and 2 restaurants. The hotel faces Iracema Beach, popular with both locals and visitors, with many bars and eateries.
Fly To Fernando De Noronha
This morning you are driven to the airport for the flight to the island of Fernando de Noronha. Beautiful beaches lapped by azure waters, and a lush hinterland make this as near to a tropical island fantasy as you could wish. Pousada Maravilha, overlooking Praia de Sueste, is a suitably exclusive hotel from which to enjoy the island. You may wish to do little more than laze by the infinity pool, feast on seafood on the dining terrace and enjoy the amazing views, though there are bikes you can use to go exploring if you wish.
Free Day In Fernando De Noronha
Enjoy island life! If you want some exercise you can take to your feet and enjoy some walking, though the primary attraction is the coast. Some beaches are perfect for sunbathing, others lend themselves to swimming and some are ideal bases from which to go snorkelling, exploring the coral reefs and watching fish and turtles in this national marine park. Boat trips are another great way to observe the island's natural beauty. After a busy day out you might want to opt to stay put tonight and dine at the hotel restaurant, which, unsurprisingly, specialises in seafood.
Fly To Salvador
After breakfast at the pousada, you are driven to the airport to board the plane bound for Salvador de Bahia. This lively coastal city was the first capital of Brazil, founded by the Portuguese in 1549. It was a major slave port and has a strong Afro-Brazilian heritage that distinguishes it from other cities in the country. You stay in Hotel Villa Bahia in Pelourinho, in the city's historic heart, the perfect place from which to explore the plazas, churches and fine colonial buildings of the district. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from, or you can enjoy dinner at the hotel, as you prefer.
Guided Salvador Tour And Depart
After breakfast in the restaurant or courtyard you are taken on a tour of the main sights of the city, which include the Farol de Barra, the lighthouse which is part of the Santo Antonio de Barra Fort, the affluent Vitoria neighbourhood that runs from the Bay of All Saints to the Old City, and the Old City itself. You have time to take in the view from the top station of the Lacerda Elevator and enjoy a guided walk. On conclusion of the tour you are driven to the airport for your onward flight.
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